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Reflecting on a Historic Presidential Transition

January 22, 2021
The panelists take the time to reflect on the four years of Donald Trump’s presidency, and the beginning of Joe Biden’s tenure. Our guest moderator Amna Nawaz of the PBS NewsHour discusses this historic moment with the panelists and what it’s like reporting in a time of transition.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Take Office

January 22, 2021
It was a groundbreaking week. President Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States alongside Kamala Harris, his barrier-breaking Vice President, both working to reunite the nation and combat the raging virus. As President Biden gets to work, lawmakers are still working to impeach his predecessor, former President Donald Trump. Our guest moderator Amna Nawaz of the PBS NewsHour discusses the inauguration with the panelists, as well as how the Biden administration is taking action.

President Donald Trump’s Second Impeachment & A Nation on Edge

January 15, 2021
President Trump is now the first United States president to be impeached twice. This was the most bipartisan impeachment in history, but still only 10 House Republicans voted in favor of Trump’s impeachment. The panel discusses how the nation is bracing for both the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden as well as a second Trump impeachment trial, the emotional and political wreckage from the Capitol, and what comes next as President-Elect Biden’s term in office approaches. Yamiche Alcindor of the PBS NewsHour guest moderates.

A Deeper Look at A Historic Week

January 8, 2021
In this edition of our Extra, the panelists continue their conversation about the chaotic events that took place at the Capitol. The panel discusses what possible consequences there may be for the mob, and how the police response this week, compares to the police response to Black Lives Matter protests this past summer.

Mob Storms the Capitol, Congress Affirms President-elect Biden’s Win

January 8, 2021
It was a chaotic week. As Congress met to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win, hundreds of President Trump’s supporters stormed into the Capitol to stop the electoral vote count, an event that stunned the nation. With just 12 days until Trump leaves office, Democrats are calling for him to resign, and calling for invoking the 25th Amendment or moving toward impeachment. Our guest moderator Yamiche Alcindor, discusses with the panel how the incident unfolded, and what deeper challenges could arise for Biden.
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A Mob and the Breach of Democracy: The Violent End of the Trump Era

January 7, 2021
Peter Baker | The New York Times
So this is how it ends. The presidency of Donald John Trump, rooted from the beginning in anger, division and conspiracy-mongering, comes to a close with a violent mob storming the Capitol at the instigation of a defeated leader trying to hang onto power as if America were just another authoritarian nation.
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Both Parties Must Navigate Split Priorities In New Congress

January 4, 2021
Kelsey Snell | NPR
A new session of Congress opens, with Nancy Pelosi looking to get reelected speaker with her slimmer majority.
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